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CMAC to clear even more landmines than last year

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A CMAC deminer documents UXOs. CMAC

Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has announced it will clear nearly 10 percent more landmines this year compared to the last.

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By the end of this year, CMAC plans to clear more than 113 square kilometres of landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) nationwide.

“We need more than 1,500 staff to implement this plan with a budget of more than $14 million. So far, about 90 percent of the projects are in hand,” CMAC director general Heng Ratana said. “In 2021, CMAC plans to integrate mine clearance and disaster relief with Japanese assistance.”

He called on all people to cooperate with local authorities as well as law enforcement forces at all levels.

“If CMAC forces are not yet stationed at the community level and people see anything suspected of being a landmine, do not strike it, do not touch it and do not relocate it as it could explode, posing a high risk to life to people and their families and must be reported as soon as possible so that CMAC can intervene in time,” he said.

On another matter, Ratana said that CMAC staff, who have served for 15 years for men and 10 years for women, can apply for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces or retire with a pension from CMAC.

“After working for more than 10 years, CMAC staff can apply for military service as long as they are healthy. However, if they are not in good health they can apply for retirement. Those who are disabled or injured at work will get a lot of compensation,” he said.

This year, CMAC has launched two new projects: the Integrated Demining and Relief Project in Kors Kralor district, Battambang province, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mine Action Units Project under the auspices of the UNDP, supported by the governments of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada.

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